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Colorado State Lottery Amendment, Referendum 2 (1980)

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The Colorado State Lottery Amendment, also known as Colorado Referendum 2, was on the November 4, 1980 ballot in Colorado as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure authorized the establishment of a state-supervised lottery and that the net proceeds of the lottery would be put in the state's conservation trust fund.[1]

Election results

Colorado Referendum 2 (1980)
Approveda Yes 660,213 59.83%

Election Results from: State Legislative Council, Ballot History

Text of measure

See also: Colorado State Constitution, Article XVIII

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An amendment to Section 2 of Article XVIII of the Constitution of the State of Colorado, authorizing the establishment of a state-supervised lottery with the net proceeds unless otherwise authorized by statute, allocated to the conservation trust fund of the state for distribution to municipalities and counties for park, recreation and open space purposes.[2]

Constitutional changes

Referendum 2 amended Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution to read:

Article XVIII
...(7) Any provision of this constitution to the contrary notwithstanding, the general assembly may establish a state­supervised lottery. Unless otherwise provided by statute, all proceeds from the lottery, after deduction of prizes and expenses, shall be allocated to the conservation trust fund of the state for distribution to municipalities and counties for park, recreation, and open space purposes.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado State Legislative Council, "Ballot History," accessed February 18, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.